Mark Your Calendars, USDA to Open the Application Window for the Second Round of ReConnect Program Funding Friday

Published on: January 27, 2020

The following is a press release published by the USDA on January 27, 2020  WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2020 – Today, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue announced USDA will begin taking applications for the second round of $550 million in ReConnect Program loan and grant funding on January 31. These funds will enable the federal government to continue …

FCC Chairman Discusses Rural Digital Opportunity Fund with Rural Business Owners, Community Advocates, Internet Service Providers

Published on: January 23, 2020

“This is the biggest step the FCC has ever taken to close the Digital Divide” by Jessica Denson, Communications Director Marietta, OH (January 23, 2020) – The Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, met yesterday with community advocates, business owners, educational leaders, internet service providers, and other local stakeholders in Ohio to discuss the importance of closing …

16th Annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky Award Winners Announced, Connected Nation Among Honorees

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The following press release was issued by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Connected Nation was named among the honorees. Although CN has projects and state programs across the country, the national nonprofit’s back offices are located in Bowling Green, Kentucky. FRANKFORT, Ky. (Jan. 23, 2020) – The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and ClearPath …

Digital Works Launches New Site for Digital Skills Training and Job Placement Assistance

Published on: January 22, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (January 22, 2020) – Digital Works (DW) just launched a new, more user-friendly website to help people reach their training and job placement goals. You can find the new website at www.digitalworksjobs.org. The Digital Works program was developed by Connected Nation (CN) to fill today’s high demand for workers who have digital skills and the desire to …

EducationSuperHighway Partners with Connected Nation to Carry Forward its Mission

Published on: January 14, 2020

Bowling Green, Ky. (January 14, 2020) – Connected Nation (CN) has been selected by EducationSuperHighway to carry forward its mission to ensure state and school district leaders have the information they need to improve school broadband (high-speed internet) connectivity. This will be made possible through a new tool—Connect K-12—that will equip them with key information and analytics needed to improve …

Better Broadband Maps: The First Step to Bridging the Digital Divide

Published on: January 8, 2020

Washington, DC – Connected Nation’s Board of Directors recently came together in Washington, D.C. to discuss progress made and what still needs to be done to connect more communities to broadband (high-speed internet). The technology provides access to resources and opportunities that include better healthcare, educational opportunities, job training and placement, government services, and so much more. RFD-TV, a broadcast group …

FCC Authorizes Nearly $89.2 Million In Funding For Rural Broadband

Published on: December 18, 2019

The following is press release issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on December 16, 2019 Eighth Round of Funding from Connect America Fund Auction  Starts This Month and Includes 21 States WASHINGTON, December 16, 2019—The Federal Communications Commission today authorized nearly $89.2 million in funding over the next decade to expand broadband to more than 123,000 unserved rural homes and …

Two Bipartisan Broadband Bills Pass House

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The following is a press release issued on Congressman Jack Bergman’s website on December 16, 2019 EDITOR’S NOTE: Connected Nation (CN) believes  the current broadband maps do not accurately reflect where this is and is not coverage because the data is collected at a measurement level that’s too large. Currently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires providers to report their …

48 Senators Join Together to Urge FCC to Prioritize Sustainable Rural Broadband

Published on: December 10, 2019

Washington, DC (December 10, 2019) – A bipartisan group of 48 U.S. Senators sent a letter yesterday to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking the agency to prioritize sustainable rural broadband (high-speed internet) networks. The letter, addressed to Chairman Ajit Pai, addresses the FCC’s consideration of new rules in the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF) proceeding. The senators voiced concern …

How the USDA is Improving Rural Broadband Development Through Its ReConnect Program

Published on: December 5, 2019

Bowling Green, KY. (December 5, 2019) – Over the past couple months, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has invested in rural broadband development across the United States through its ReConnect Loan and Grant Program. According to the USDA, this program offers “unique federal financing options in the form of grants, loans, and combinations thereof to create or improve rural …